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REMINDER THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE VAUGHAN FILM FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL IS

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Each year, in addition to the festival, VFF hosts an awards show to highlight the talentand celebrate the arts as a whole in the community. To date, VFF has contributed $23,000 in scholarships to local students for their post-secondary education. Grade 12 Students can apply for a chance to win a $1,000 towards their College or University tuition using any medium. Finally, all Ontario high school students can submit their short films to be showcased on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2,000.00.This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Both International and high schoolstudent submissions deadline is January 31, 2018.Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.com. Advertisement Advertisement International & Student Film Submissions Close On January 31stVaughan, Ontario: The deadline is approaching for submissions and the 2018 festival is looking like it is going to be better than ever. This year’s judging panel includesGemini Award winners Amy Jo Johnson and Ellen Dubin as well as Oscar winner Tom McCarthy.Now in its 6th edition, this exciting five-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent – on all levels. Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awards including Best Film, Best Cinematography andBest Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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CJI sexual harassment case Women protest outside SC 50 detained

first_imgNEW DELHI: There was chaos outside the Supreme Court as several women activists and lawyers gathered outside Gate C to protest on Tuesday, a day after a three-member in-house inquiry panel gave a clean chit to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment charges against him. The crowd started to gather around 10.15am. In the next half an hour, there was a massive security cover and cops started to detain women who were sloganeering. After a lot of hustle, over 50 women were detained during the demonstration where protesters demanded a fair probe into the allegations levelled by a former Supreme Court staffer. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework This comes a day after the three-judge top court panel headed by Justice SA Bobde found no substance in the sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former apex court employee against Chief Justice Gogoi. Annie Raja, National Federation of India Women, General Secretary, said that the protest was being held to question the method adopted by the in-house investigation panel which gave a clean chit to Ranjan Gogoi. She said that the activists want a fair trial for the ex-Supreme court staffer who had earlier accused the CJI of sexually harassing her. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen A few men also gathered as they saw the women protesting, coming out in favour of the complainant, who on April 30, had accused the Chief Justice of India (CJI) of sexually harassing her and had said that she would no longer appear before the in-house panel set up by the apex court to probe her charges as she felt that she was not likely to get justice. “We stand in solidarity with the complainant. We vehemently reject this conclusion as it has been arrived at without adherence to norms of a fair and independent enquiry. We are utterly dismayd and shocked by this blatant abuse of power exercised by the highest constitutional authority,” said an activist present there. Adding to this, another activist said that they are aghast that 22 years after the Vishakha guidelines and six years after the passing of the Act, there are no clear procedures laid down to address complaints of sexual harassment against the CJI, sitting and retired judges of the Supreme Court. “Today is a dark and sad day. The Supreme Court has told us that when it comes to one of its own, imbalances of power don’t matter, due process doesn’t matter, the basic norms of justice don’t matter,” said an activist. “This clean chit is a farce. If the Supreme Court does not give justice to the women, where should the women go? If justice is not provided to us, then you are compelling us to get to the streets to demand it. We are left with no option to make our voices get heard. How many women will the police send behind bars? We will protest over there as well,” said Rakhi Sehgal, labour activist and researcher.(with inputs of TOI)last_img read more

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Car buyers rush to franchised dealers in January

New car registrations up 9.3 per cent in January to 205,476 units 2001 was a record year for new registrations – 2.45 million units, beating the previous record set in 1989, which saw 2.3 million new cars registered. January figures mark 16 months of growth in the new car market December 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Car buyers flocked into franchised dealers in January and 2002 is off to a flying start. Growth of nine per cent in the market is good news for the industry and it’s worth noting that the total number of British built cars increased year-on-year despite a rise in the sales of cars manufactured outside the UK. ‘New models, competitive pricing and high levels of customer satisfaction mean that the franchised dealer network continues to keep the customer in the driving seat for great deals.’ Notes to editors New car registrations in the UK are expected to reach 2.35 million units in 2002. Car buyers rush to franchised dealers in January The UK car market is now the second biggest in Europe. Private registrations up 5.3 per cent on top of 28.2 per cent rise in 2001 read more

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 15 April 2011

DOWNLOADOn this page you will find the current news from Westminster. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Westminster can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Jets Muhammad Wilkerson Charged In Car Accident

New York Jets’ defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2011, was charged with careless driving and failure to maintain his lane after he was involved in an accident in New Jersey during which the car he was driving overturned after striking another vehicle, a police spokesman confirmed.Wilkerson was transported to a Newark hospital after he crawled out of his car, according to New Jersey Garden State Trooper Christopher Kay, who added that there did not appear to be any other serious injuries suffered by anyone in the car that Wilkerson struck.Kay said Wilkerson was charged with careless driving and failure to maintain his lane after he struck a Toyota Sienna with his 2011 Dodge Challenger, according to the police report. Police responded after being notified of the accident at 4:29 a.m. on Saturday.Police don’t believe alcohol played a role in the accident.“First and foremost, other than the minor injuries, he’s OK and everyone else involved is OK but I do not have a lot of details,” said Chad Wiestling, the agent for Wilkerson.The Sienna that Wilkerson struck contained 10 people, Lieutenant Steven Jones, a spokesperson for the New Jersey State Police, said. Three complained of pain but none were treated, he said.Wilkerson’s Challenger “probably went more than 10 yards on the roof,” Jones said.Wilkerson reported to the Jets team facility Monday and was examined by the team’s medical staff.A Jets spokesperson said that Wilkerson needed stitches in his forearm after the accident, but that the injury should not interfere with his ability to be ready for training camp. Jets players are due to report on July 26. read more

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Paedophiles caught by vigilantes face tougher charges

There has been a huge rise in the number of paedophile hunter groups operating across the UK in recent years, with recent estimates suggesting there could be as many as 75.Using popular social media platforms the vigilantes set up fake profiles, posing as underage boys and girls.When contacted by potential abusers they agree to meet, but then confront them and post footage of the exchange online.They usually restrain the suspect until the police arrive and then hand over all the evidence to investigators.But police have voiced concern about the conduct of some groups, warning that their efforts could undermine their own investigations.Two years ago the government announced an extra £20 million to help the police tackle online predatory paedophiles. The work of paedophile hunters featured in a Channel 4 programme Paedophiles caught in undercover stings by vigilantes are to face tougher charges under new rules being introduced by prosecutors.Scores of potential sex abusers have been snared by so called paedophile hunters who pose as children online in order to catch them as they try to groom youngsters.But there has been mounting concern that those who are prosecuted are being treated too leniently because there is no actual child victim involved.However  the Crown Prosecution Service has announced that offenders who are duped by the police or vigilantes are now to be charged as if there is an identifiable child victim.The maximum sentence for people convicted is 14-years.Sue Hemming, the CPS director of legal services, said: “The CPS regularly updates its guidance to ensure we are consistent, robust and alert to the changing nature of crime.”We know the online grooming of children is a huge area of concern for the public and for parents in particular.”Anyone thinking of taking that first dreadful step of trying to contact a child for sex needs to know – from that moment on – they face very serious charges.”The charge will be the same regardless of who they are in fact communicating with.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The work of paedophile hunters featured in a Channel 4 programme The change in approach was announced on National Child Sexual Exploitation Day and follows external legal advice which stated that “once the intention is proved, it is immaterial that it is in fact impossible to commit the substantive offence”. read more

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Suspect in armed robbery of businesswoman confesses implicates others

The suspect who was arrested in connection with a robbery carried out on a Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara businesswoman on Monday last has reportedly confessed to the crime, and has also implicated two other men who are now being hunted by police.The suspect who reportedly confessed to the policeAccording to information received, the perpetrator in custody has been identified as Agustus Primo, 33, a taxi driver Supply, East Bank Demerara.INews was told that following his interrogation, he confessed that two of his accomplices (names provided) assisted in the carrying out the robbery under arms which resulted in the loss of some $5M.Primo further said that he received only a portion of the money, and has already managed to spend some. As such, he only turned over the remainder, which is said to be approximately $289,000.Further, in his confession, the suspect said that he took some of the money to the mother of one of his accomplices, who reportedly resides in East La Penitence, Georgetown.As such, the 56-year-old woman was also contacted by police and interrogated.This publication was informed that the woman has since  admitted that she did receive a sum of money, and handed over some $370,000 to investigators.Investigations are continuing.The Land of Canaan businesswoman was robbed when was en route to a commercial bank on the East Bank Demerara.According to information received, the incident occurred at about 09:30hrs on the day in question.This online publication was informed that the woman, who co-owns a gas station located at the Soesdyke Junction, East Bank Demerara, left her home with the cash, in the company of a staff.She reportedly made a stop on the Land of Canaan public road to deliver an invoice to another business, and it was while she was about to enter her motorcar to continue her journey that she was pounced on by one of two armed men.The bandit allegedly held her at gunpoint before grabbing the bag of money from inside her car.He then ran over to a waiting CG series motorcycle, and handed the bag of money to his pillion rider before they both fled the scene.This online publication was told that the businesswoman, being affiliated with ranks of the Guyana Police Force, immediately reported the matter.This resulted in the subsequent apprehension of the suspect who held her at gunpoint.It is believed that the entrepreneur might have been trailed. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRecaptured murder accused confesses to killing accompliceMay 18, 2016In “Court”Female suspect in Rohee’s robbery turns self in, assisting Police with finding accomplicesNovember 15, 2016In “Crime”Providence business employee confesses to staging armed robbery on entity- PoliceAugust 15, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Blizzard imposes 15 percent sales and transfer fees for Diablo III auctions

first_imgIn the first two Diablo games Blizzard had no real system in place for dealing with trading items and gear for cash. That lead to players coming up with their own methods of buying and selling, many of which were risky because you had to give out payment information to third parties.For Diablo III, Blizzard has embraced trading both using in-game gold and real-world currencies. However, expect to pay a significant amount of Blizzard tax when selling gear.Although the support of item sales in the game has been known about for a while, until now Blizzard hasn’t stated what kind of cut it will take from such sales. Now we know, and it’s a significant chunk of your final sale price depending on what you decide to do with the subsequent funds.Blizzard will take 15% of the final sale price of any commodities (not equipment), then a further 15% if you decide to transfer the payment using a third-party (e.g. PayPal) and into real-world cash. However, you will also incur a further charge depending on which payment service you use to get the cash into your bank account.If you want to avoid the 15% transfer fee and subsequent third-party fees, you can just take the initial 15% sales tax hit and keep the funds in your Battle.net account. It can then be used in Diablo III to buy more stuff, or to purchase digital versions of other Blizzard games.For equipment (weapons/armor), there’s a different set of rules. Every piece of equipment you sell incurs a $1 charge in the real-money auction house and then the 15% transfer fee. For the gold auction house, it’s the 15% sales fee instead of the $1 charge.Anyone planning on spending all their time selling items from the game also has a balance cap and active auction cap to deal with. You can only have $250 in your Battle.net account. Once that limit is reached you can’t auction anything until your funds are transferred or spent. The other limit is the active auction cap, which is set at 10 auctions.Read more at Kotaku and the Diablo III Auction House FAQlast_img read more

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Man found dead in Northeast Portland park after gunfire reported

first_imgPORTLAND — Police are investigating the death of a man in Fernhill Park in Northeast Portland after receiving a report of gunfire shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday.The man was lying on the ground in the park at 6010 N.E. 37th Ave., police said in a news release.Homicide detectives and criminalists with the department’s forensic evidence division responded to the scene, said bureau spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.He said the investigation is in its early stages, and the man’s cause of death is still unclear. And the park’s dark, muddy conditions are making things difficult, he said.“Investigators want to get out there, they want to continue what officers have already started, which was canvass the park, canvass the area, look for potential evidence,” he said, “and then also contact any neighbors that might have any information that could help us find out what occurred tonight and who is responsible for what occurred tonight.”Officers will also be reviewing 911 tapes and interviewing those who called 911, Burley said.He encouraged anyone who lives in the area who saw anything or has surveillance cameras that may have captured any vehicles or people coming or going from the area to contact police.Investigators ask anyone with information about the death to contact them at 503-823-0479.last_img read more

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Trade War Only Getting Worse for Soy Farmers Fearful for their Future

first_imgIn what could easily be described as “worst case” for America’s soybean growers, the Trump Administration has confirmed what the industry has feared for months: Heavier tariffs on Chinese goods are planned for Friday, May 10.“This is a predicament for soy growers,” said Davie Stephens, a grower from Clinton, Ky., and president of the American Soybean Association (ASA). “We understand that Mr. Trump and his Administration have broad goals they want to achieve for our country, but farmers are in a desperate situation. We need a positive resolution of this ongoing tariff dispute, not further escalation of tensions.”U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday he plans to move forward with President Trump’s threat on Sunday to increase the tariff rate from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, citing China’s back-pedaling on prior commitments during talks in Beijing last week.China’s retaliation against U.S. soy farmers has chilled exports to the U.S.’s most important foreign customer. China has purchased only 5 million metric tons (MMT) of its 20 MMT ‘good faith’ promise, and the original March 1 deadline for concluding negotiations has come and gone. The market has fluctuated with each development during the negotiations, including Trump’s social media posts over the weekend.“After so many threats and missed deadlines for concluding negotiations, this ongoing uncertainty is unacceptable to U.S. farmers,” Stephens continued. “With depressed prices and unsold stocks forecast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, we need the China market reopened to U.S. soybean exports within weeks, not months or longer.”ASA urges the Administration to hold off on additional tariffs and rapidly conclude negotiations with China, including lifting the existing Section 301 tariffs in exchange for China removing its retaliatory 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans.Stephens concluded, “Soybean farmers have demonstrated great patience as the Administration has sought to negotiate a better trading relationship with China. However, our patience is wearing thin as prices remain low and the tariff dispute drags on. The financial and emotional toll on U.S. soybean farmers cannot be ignored.”Growers have been reeling for almost a year now, after the President first imposed a 25 percent duty on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods in July 2018, and later, a 10 percent duty on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese products, which resulted in the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. That 10 percent duty was scheduled to jump to 25 percent the end of last year, but President Trump delayed the hike after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in December, with the countries agreeing to hold off for 90 days, and then indefinitely during the ongoing negotiations until this week.last_img read more

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CCD raids Income Tax Department detects undisclosed income of over Rs 650

first_imgAn employee prepares coffee for customers at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, India, November 2, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileThe Income Tax (I-T) Department has reportedly detected over Rs 650 crore of undisclosed income from the largest coffee retail chain in India — Cafe Coffee Day (CCD). The statement comes after the department’s raids at several CCD offices last week. Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd is owned by VG Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former External Affairs Minister and former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna.”The detection of undisclosed income is expected to be much higher since there are a number of other issues, including violations of other statutes on which there is no disclosure, but relevant evidence has been found. These will be pursued effectively with vigour, energy and imagination,” the department said. On Thursday, taxmen had started conducting raids at several CCD offices and headquarters in Bengaluru. Immediately, the shares of Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd had also tumbled on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The stock closed 3.35 percent down at Rs 233.80, recouping part of its loss after slumping over seven percent in intra-day trading. The benchmark Sensex fell 0.1 percent to 32,370.04 points.The raids were conducted under the direction and supervision of the I-T Department’s investigation cell director – General BR Balakrishnan.According to reports, raids were conducted at multiple locations, including Siddhartha’s offices at Coffee Day Square in Bengaluru’s Lavelle Road and his residence in Sadashivanagar. Premises in other cities such as Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Chennai and Mumbai were also raided. An employee serves coffee at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, November 2, 2015. Shares in Coffee Day Enterprises, operator of India’s biggest coffee chain, have lost 15 percent in the past six months.Reuters fileThe move is also likely to spur a political storm with Congress accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of misusing agencies to target political opponents. SM Krishna had left Congress in January to join BJP.Siddhartha had opened CCD’s first outlet on Bangalore’s upscale Brigade Road in 1996. The company’s first launch came at a time when Bangalore was transforming into an Information Technology hub.CCD was among the top six global coffee retail chains till 2011 and the largest in India. As of March 2015, the company had 1,530 outlets across 29 states in the country. It also has outlets in countries like Austria, Czech Republic and Malaysia.last_img read more

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Salaries In Houston Growing Slower Than In Rest Of Country

first_img Listen X 00:00 /00:43 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston skyline from south To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img From March 2017 through March of this year, Houstonians’ compensations grew by 2.1 percent. That includes wages or salaries and benefits in the private sector.That’s a half-percentage point improvement from the same time a year ago, but still lags the rest of the country.Nationwide, compensation rose by 2.8 percent.Cheryl Abbot, regional economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Dallas, is not exactly sure why. But she doubts the remaining effects from the oil downturn can be blamed.“Oil has pretty well recovered,” she said. “And most companies have brought back on all the people they may have let go.”Compensations grew similarly slow in Dallas and other southern metro areas.Abbot said salaries in Houston grew faster than the national average after the Great Recession but came down during the oil slump. Sharelast_img read more

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DC Schools Dont Have Enough Transit Cards for Students

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAn underestimation in the amount of transit cards needed for District students could leave a lot of kids, stuck at the Metro or not at school starting next week.Starting October 1, students will be unable to use city-issued D.C. One Cards, which allowed students to ride the Metrorail, Metrobus and D.C. Circulator for free.  The reason for the change is because D.C. One Cards were initially not meant for transit use. In its place, students will need a Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card which are supposed to be distributed by school administrators; yet the amount of cards issued to schools is causing major frustration for several parties- including students, school leaders, parents and officials.Students and parents are worried there are not enough DC transit cards. (Courtesy photo)Mary Shaffner, principal at DC International Charter School (DCI) in Northwest, told WAMU she has asked the city for more cards several times to no avail.  DCI has over 1,060 students and Shaffner only received 448 cards from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).  Officials told WAMU they sent DCI 125 more cards, yet that still leaves more than 400 cards needed for students.“We need the balance so our kids can get to school because the majority of them take public transportation,” Shaffner told WAMU. “It cost a lot of money to come from Wards 7 and 8 to DCI. Those kids will have to pay, and maybe they don’t have the funds to pay for that. We have heard parents say that, ‘my kid is going to miss school because we can’t afford to do this everyday.’”DCI parent Susanne Horn is concerned that her sixth grade soon will need to pay about $4-$5 a day to get back and forth from school.“That’s going to be a really expensive commute if you’re going to pay it out of pocket,” Horn told WAMU.Attendance has already been an issue in the District, particularly during last school year, when a couple of area schools experienced scandals with falsifying attendance records including Dunbar, Ballou and Anacostia.District of Columbia City Administrator Rashad Young said his office initially ordered 32,000 cards since 25,797 students used D.C. One Cards for transportation purposes last school year.  Then, Young said the office ordered 10,000 more cards last week after the high demand.Yet Young did not account for the more than 90,000 students attending public and charter schools in the District, leaving more than half without a way to get to school free of charge.  Young said the cards were only supposed to be for the students that would “need or use” the cards.Young said that as the city adjusts to the new process, he expects issues to be rectified- yet his optimism does not comfort parents and leaders who are daunted by the October 1 deadline to begin using solely SmarTrips.last_img read more

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Hori proves how good its PS Vita screen protector is with a

first_imgScreen protectors have become quite an important accessory in recent years due pretty much every device we carry around having a large display. And while Gorilla Glass may go along way towards protecting the majority of these displays, you don’t want them getting scratched or cracked, so you cover them up with a screen protector.So how do you market a screen protector and make it stand out from the competition? After all, they all look the same once you remove the packaging. In the case of Japanese accessories manufacturer Hori, you horrify gadgets lovers everywhere by trying to scratch a PS Vita screen with everything from a headphone jack to a wire brush.You can watch their PS Vita screen protector testing video below. It may be difficult, but try not to look away.I’d expect any screen protector to withstand being rubbed with a headphone jack or a coin, but a wire brush? That’s going to cause serious damage to most surface types, but somehow the Hori screen protector survives unscratched.The worst part of this video is when the screen protector is removed and the wire brush is once again scrubbed on the screen. The end result? A very scratched display and a PS Vita nobody is going to want to play games on again without first replacing it.This is effective marketing because if I was buying a screen protector for a Vita I would now favor purchasing one made by Hori. It could be other manufacturers offer the same level of protection, but then they haven’t made an equally horrifying video to prove it and grab my attention.last_img read more

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Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC

first_imgStay on target San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is almost here. In about a week, fans from all over the world will attend the big convention in California, which will feature discussions and screenings focused on some of the most popular movies and TV shows.If you’re looking to get an autograph or want to find out about upcoming seasons, SDCC 2019’s Program Schedule is packed with great entertainment panels, discussions, and presentations. Celebrities and creatives from Terminator: Dark Fate, The Walking Dead, and more TV series and films will be present at the convention. From Game of Thrones to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., here are the top TV show and movie panels to attend at SDCC 2019.The WitcherNetflix’s new series The Witcher, which stars Henry Cavill and is based on the fantasy book series by Andrzej Sapkowsk, will premiere later this year. On Friday, July 19, a panel on the show will introduce attendees to the world of The Continent, where elves, gnomes, humans, witchers, and monsters fight to survive.His Dark MaterialsPhilip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy comes to life in HBO’s new fantasy series His Dark Materials. Join the series’ cast, including Dafne Keen (Lyra), James McAvoy (Lord Asriel), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby), and Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter) for a His Dark Materials panel on Thursday, July 18.Terminator: Dark FateIt’s the day after Judgement Day and Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) is back to slay a cyborg assassin in Terminator: Dark Fate. Paramount Pictures will host a panel on Thursday, July 18 that will feature footage presentation and a discussion with the movie’s cast and filmmakers.Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The cast and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are coming to Hall H for the first time on Thursday, July 18. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, and other stars will be present for the panel, which will cover Season 6’s jaw-dropping conclusion and what’s in store for Season 7 of the hit Marvel series.Game of ThronesGame of Thrones is sadly over, however the hit HBO fantasy series will be present at SDCC on Friday, July 19. Panelists from the cast, television critics, and psychologists will discuss how to fill the gap for George R.R. Martin’s beloved storyline and reflect on the show’s top season moments.RiverdaleRiverdale Season 3 ended with a bang, and now, the hit series will return to SDCC to highlight what’s to come for Archie and the rest of the gang in Season 4. On Sunday, July 21, attendees can watch a special video presentation and listen to a Q&A with Riverdale’s cast and producers.The FlashSeason 5 of The Flash was a lot to handle, however, the cast and creators of the superhero series will be at SDCC to answer all your burning questions about Barry and Iris’ lost daughter and Thawne’s escape. Stop by The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A on Saturday, July 20 to get a sneak peek of the show’s sixth season.The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead is returning this fall on AMC, and fans can watch a first look trailer for Season 11 at SDCC 2019’s The Walking Dead panel, which will be held on Friday, July 19. Cast members Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and more will be there to chat about Season 10’s key moments and what to expect for the next part of the undead series.BatwomanBatwoman, which stars Ruby Rose as Gotham City’s new protector, will hit The CW this fall. Luckily, SDCC attendees can see a preview of the new superhero series on Wednesday, July 17, which is a great way to kick off the convention.Westworld IIIAaron Paul shocked fans in the Westworld III trailer, and we can’t wait for the next chapter of the hit HBO series. Join cast members Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, and Evan Rachel Wood, who will give an early sneak peek of what’s to come for Westworld III on Saturday, July 20.More on Geek.com:What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019Here’s What Lego Is Bringing to SDCC 2019What to Expect at SDCC 2019 ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more For more information: www.klasresearch.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more “The best-of-breed vendors have had to tighten up their interfacing capabilities to prove that they can compete with the enterprise vendors,” said Monique Rasband, report author. “However, with only 67 percent of providers in the study attesting for meaningful use, it is clear that there is a lot of room for growth and support from all oncology vendors.” Related Content January 29, 2014 — KLAS spoke to 176 providers to identify strengths and weaknesses of best-of-breed and enterprise vendors and found the two competitive, according to the report Oncology 2013: Eyes Wide Open.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | January 29, 2014 KLAS Report Evaluates Best-of-Breed, Enterprise Oncology Vendors News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Enterprise vendors such as Cerner and Epic were found to be making an impact in medical oncology, and providers report that best-of-breed vendors Elekta and Varian continue to deliver the necessary and desired functionality as well as the full oncology IT suite. McKesson was also recognized for its purchase of US Oncology and the iKnowMed solution.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The vendors in this study include BMSi, Cerner, Elekta, Epic, IntrinsiQ, McKesson and Varian.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

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UCLA Study Says Universal Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Not CostEffective

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. September 4, 2015 — Women who are carriers of mutated BRCA genes are known to have a significantly higher risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers than those who don’t have the mutations. But a new study by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) faculty questions the value of screening for the genetic mutations in the general population — including those who do not have cancer or have no family history of the disease — because of the high cost.The UCLA researchers found that compared with universal screening, other diagnostic tools remain more efficient and might be more cost-effective. The viewpoint was authored by Patricia Ganz, M.D., director of the division of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Elisa Long, Ph.D., assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.The researchers concluded the BRCA genetic test that is most widely used today —marketed by Myriad Genetics, it sells for about $4,000 — is too expensive to warrant universal screening given how rare BRCA mutations are in women.”The cost of BRCA testing would need to drop by 90 percent for testing to be cost-effective for the whole population,” Ganz said.Long and Ganz calculated that for every 10,000 women screened, BRCA screening could avert four cases of breast cancer and two cases of ovarian cancer more than family history-based testing. But the BRCA screening would only extend patients’ life by an average of two days. For 99.75 percent of women screened, a negative genetic test offers no increase in life expectancy nor would it eliminate the need for regular mammograms, and it could provide false reassurance that a woman is not at risk for breast cancer.The findings build upon previous work by other researchers that analyzed genetic screening of women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, a population in which one out of every 50 women carries a harmful mutation. Because a larger percentage of this group were identified as BRCA mutation carriers, Long and Ganz found the approach would yield an estimated 62 breast and 34 ovarian cancers averted per 10,000 women tested, and gains in life expectancy that were 16 times higher than with universal screening.Of the 233,000 breast cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, only 5 to 10 percent are attributable to mutations in the BRCA genes. Women with breast cancer who carry these mutated genes usually develop the disease at a younger age, often in both breasts, and the cancer is often a more aggressive sub-type such as triple-negative breast cancer.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises BRCA genetic testing only for women with a known family history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer.Long said that although the Myriad test remains the most commonly used test for BRCA mutations, a new $249 test recently announced by Color Genomics could encourage other companies to introduce lower-cost genetic tests and make universal screening more practical and more affordable. She noted, however, that questions would remain about the feasibility of providing personalized genetic counseling services on such a large scale.”It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack,” Long said. “If only 1 in 400 women across the country have one or both of the BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 mutations, universal screening would cost $1 million to $2 million to detect a single BRCA mutation, or nearly $400 billion to screen all women in the United States. Perhaps this money could be better spent on other diagnostic tools for young women, such as MRIs [magnetic resonance imaging], to have the greatest impact.”The study was published online by JAMA Oncology.Ganz is on the advisory board for InformedDNA, which provides genetic counseling services. The authors report no other conflicts of interest.For more information: www.cancer.ucla.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Women’s Health | September 04, 2015 UCLA Study Says Universal Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Not Cost-Effective Rarity of BRCA mutation makes population-wide screening impractical News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

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Freddie Mac Updates Updated Home Possible Tool for Lenders

first_img August 9, 2016 596 Views Freddie Mac is offering an updated Home Possible Income & Property Eligibility Tool which allows lenders to determine if a borrower meets the income requirements for a low down payment mortgage on a specific property.The map-based Home Possible Income & Property Eligibility tool allows lenders to check for borrower eligibility for a high LTV loan for a property by simply entering that property’s address.Freddie Mac Home Possible mortgages, which allow down payments between 3 and 5 percent, are often attractive solutions for low- and moderate-income borrowers, first-time homebuyers, millennials, and past homeowners who are returning to the market, according to Freddie Mac.Borrowers can qualify for a Home Possible Mortgage if their income is up to 170 percent of the area’s median income (AMI). If the property is located in an underserved area, there are no income thresholds. The program also features a free online tutorial to meet the education requirement for first-time homebuyers.Freddie Mac’s Home Possible Mortgage Program offers the following:LTV:Maximum LTV and TLTV of 95 percent.Property Options:1-4 units, condos and planned-unit developments; manufactured homes are eligible with certain restrictions.Mortgage Flexibility:15- to 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, 5/1, 7/1 and 10/1 ARMs.Refinance Options:No cash-out refinancing option is available for borrowers who occupy the property.Freddie Mac’s Home Possible Advantage Mortgage Program offers the following:LTV:Maximum LTV of 97 percent; TLTV 105 percent.Property Options:1-unit properties, condos and planned unit developments; manufactured homes are not eligible.Stable Mortgages:Fixed-rate mortgages with a term of up to 30 years.Refinance Flexibility:Purchase and no cash-out refinancing options available.Primary Residence Only:All borrowers must occupy the property as their primary residence.Click here to check for eligibility for Freddie Mac’s Home Possible mortgage program or for more information about the program. in Headlines, News, Secondary Market Freddie Mac Updates Updated Home Possible Tool for Lenderscenter_img Freddie Mac Home Possible Mortgage Program 2016-08-09 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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TD Implements Ellie Maes Encompass

first_img Ellie Mae Encompass FinTech TD Bnk technology 2018-08-24 Seth Welborn On Thursday, Ellie Mae announced that TD Bank had begun their roll out the Encompass digital mortgage solution, an Ellie Mae platform. TD Bank hopes to use Encompass to merge origination and call center vendor integrations onto one platform, as well as speed up deployment of new online products and reduce loan cycle times.“We are thrilled to announce that TD Bank has officially completed its initial rollout of Encompass,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “We’ve worked together to successfully transition TD from a legacy origination system to an agile solution equipped to handle the complexities and loan volume experienced by a leading national bank. We value the opportunity to partner with TD Bank to help them grow the mortgage lending arm of their business.”TD Bank has leveraged Ellie Mae’s Professional Services Organization during the implementation of Encompass. The purpose of Encompass is to provide an all-in-one bank system, consolidating multiple processes into a single “ecosystem”. TD Bank hopes to use the system to minimize costs, lower risks and accelerate team member adoption.”At TD, we place a strong and steadfast emphasis on continually enhancing both the customer and employee experiences,” said Rick Bechtel, EVP, Head of U.S. Mortgage Banking, TD Bank. “By leveraging Ellie Mae’s Encompass platform, we’re able to provide our customers with a simplified process, online access to documentation, and a substantial reduction in their loan closing time, all of which will dramatically enhance the mortgage lending experience. Simultaneously, Encompass will provide our employees with tools that increase efficiency and streamline processes – a huge win for the employee experience, as well. We could not be more excited to bring TD to the forefront of digital mortgage technology, and our Encompass deployment is the first step.” August 24, 2018 743 Views in News, Technologycenter_img Share TD Implements Ellie Mae’s Encompasslast_img read more

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